Varnish being applied to wood.
Varnish is a hard, glossy, resin that you brush on by hand on a surface as a protective coating.
Facts About Varnish
- Varnish is made up of a resin that is kept in liquid form by the addition of thinners. It also contains a drying oil that will help it dry when it is spread on the surface where it will be used.
- Varnish is always clear.
- Varnish produces a hard, glossy surface that is resistant to weather, dirt, and grime and is easy to wipe clean.
- Varnish is very flammable. The chemicals in varnish can cause an exothermic reaction, meaning that as they dry, they can produce heat. This can cause rags or other disposed cleaning products to potentially spontaneously combust.
- Varnish is not as durable as lacquer in the long run because lacquer contains plastic compounds that will lead to better long term surface protection.
- Certain types of varnish, such as marine spar varnish, are especially designed for outside surfaces subjected to severe weather conditions.
An example of varnish is the glossy liquid that you paint onto a tabletop.
- Varnish is defined as a smooth manner of a person.
An example of varnish is the fancy quality of an educated gentleman.
- To varnish is to brush on a clear protective coating.
An example of to varnish is to finish building a birdhouse and then paint it with clear sealant.
- To varnish is defined as to give something or an idea a smooth or polished appearance.
An example of to varnish is to ignore the problems in an organization and only concentrate on the positive aspects, thus making the problems appear to go away.
- a preparation made of resinous substances dissolved in oil (oil varnish) or in alcohol, turpentine, etc. (spirit varnish), used to give a hard, clear, glossy surface to wood, metal, etc.
- any of various natural or prepared products used for the same purpose
- the hard, clear, glossy surface produced
- a surface gloss or smoothness, as of manner
Origin of varnishMiddle English vernisch ; from Old French verniz ; from Medieval Latin veronix, veronice, a resin ; from Classical Greek Berenik? (now Benghazi), ancient city in Cyrenaica
- to cover with varnish; brush varnish on
- to impart a smooth surface or appearance to, as with varnish
- to make superficially attractive or acceptable, as by embellishing
- to polish up; adorn
- a. A liquid that contains a solvent and an oxidizing or evaporating binder and is applied to a surface to produce a hard, transparent finish after evaporation and curing.b. The smooth coating or gloss resulting from the application of this liquid: Wear dulled the floor's varnish.
- a. Something suggestive of or resembling varnish.b. An often deceptive external appearance or outward show: “people through whom a native stupidity shines forth past any varnish of education or acculturation” (Ira Sher).
transitive verbvar·nished, var·nish·ing, var·nish·es
- To cover with varnish.
- To give a smooth and glossy finish to.
- To give a superficial or deceptive appearance to: varnish the truth.
Origin of varnishMiddle English vernisshe, from Old French vernis, from Medieval Latin veronix, vernix, sandarac resin, from Medieval Greek verenikē, from Greek Berenikē, Berenice (Benghazi), an ancient city of Cyrenaica.
(third-person singular simple present varnishes, present participle varnishing, simple past and past participle varnished)